My Release Date

My Release Date

DISCLAIMER: I am a sappy romantic and I wrote a sappy romantic novel. I love holding hands, laughing, dancing, kissing and of course some good old-fashioned hachachacha with Big Daddy. And my story gushes with these themes. But don’t worry there’s enough drama to keep things spicy. In celebration of sappy romance, I’ve decided to release A […]

Lemon Bar Cheesecake

Lemon Bar Cheesecake

This is the perfect dessert to welcome in spring. Lemon Bar Cheesecake, adapted from Southern Living Magazine, February 2013 Makes 10-12 servings Crust 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar 2 teaspoons lemon zest 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, cubed 2 large egg yolks 2 tablespoons ice water Lemon […]

I Got Band Friends, Y’all!

I Got Band Friends, Y’all!

Last Saturday, Big Daddy and I did something we haven’t done since our kids were born. We went to see a band perform. In a bar. At night. We never leave the house at night. And when I say we never leave the house at night, I mean we never leave the house at night. […]

Guinness Oxtails

Guinness Oxtails

Today oxtails are the tails of beef cattle—cows and bulls—and not oxen. The tails are well-exercised muscles, marbled with fat. They used to be considered a “throwaway” meat, sometimes free or very inexpensive at the local butcher. With their growing popularity, oxtails are at a premium. The robust flavor of the meat comes from the […]

Every Day Is Valentine’s Day

Every Day Is Valentine’s Day

My husband and I have been together for almost twenty-three years. We’ve been a couple for so long that we don’t get caught up in the trappings of Valentine’s Day like we did when we were younger. At this stage in our relationship, we’re just grateful to still be together and madly in love with […]

A Resolute Resolve

A Resolute Resolve

Two years ago, my New Year’s resolution was to write a novel. And it’s been the only resolution I’ve ever kept. It took me nine months to write the first draft and fifteen months to get the story right. I have devoted two years of my life to developing a story that I hope people […]

Mom’s Week Out

Mom’s Week Out

Okay…I didn’t quite meet the NaNoWriMo Challenge of writing 50,000 words in 30 days. I came up short by about 48,877 words. But at least I managed a pretty interesting opening scene. In my defense, I got sidetracked by a week in Las Vegas with my friend Tara. I may not have written half of […]

Beef Stew

Beef Stew

Winter showed up for about three days and I decided to make beef stew. It turns out that beef stew is an aphrodisiac so I had to share. You’re welcome. Beef Stew Makes 8 servings 1 slice bacon 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 pounds beef chuck, cut into chunks 1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 3/4 […]

NaNoWriMo: Another Love Story

NaNoWriMo: Another Love Story

November is National Novel Writing Month, and I’ve taken on the task of participating in NaNoWriMo in order to kickstart my next novel. NaNoWriMo is a challenge to write 50,000 in thirty days. Two years ago I participated for the first time and began my first book. I managed to write over 37,000 words in […]

It’s More Than Just Words

It’s More Than Just Words

Writing a novel is not for the faint of heart. It’s a long process that takes an emotional toll, whether you want it to or not. I’ve been working on my story everyday for almost 2 years (1 year 11 months and 19 days to be exact) and now I’m at the point where I […]